Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to bond with your baby, but it can also be challenging. It can be difficult to know what you should expect during pregnancy and how breastfeeding will change. It’s important to be aware of the changes that happen during pregnancy and how they can affect breastfeeding. From new foods you need to eat, to new clothes you’ll want, there are lots of things to prepare for. One thing you should not forget is your breasts!
There are some important tips about getting ready for breastfeeding before baby arrives:
1) Start preparing early so your body will have time to adjust by making sure it has enough calcium, protein, and vitamins D & E. -Get plenty of rest so your milk production doesn’t suffer.
2) Eat plenty of healthy fats like avocados or nuts which help boost milk supply.
3) Drink at least 8 glasses a day!
4) Eat well: Eating well means eating nutritious food, getting enough protein, vitamin D and calcium, as well as drinking plenty of water each day. Mom needs these nutrients for herself so she can provide them to her growing baby through breast milk.
5) Breastfeed often: The most important thing moms need to remember is not only feed their babies when they’re hungry (and let them finish the entire feeding)
6) Find the best position for nursing- Lying down may not be ideal because gravity will make it more difficult for milk to drain properly from your breasts
7) Get ready before delivery- If you’re planning a vaginal birth, do Kegel exercises and practice breathing techniques ahead of time so that when labor starts you’ll be able to work with contractions rather than against them.
8) Make sure to eat plenty of healthy foods- even more than usual because now they are also providing nutrients for two people! Nuts, leafy greens, whole grains, fish oils (DHA), vitamin C rich fruits like strawberries or oranges all provide energy for mommy AND baby.
9) Use lanolin cream or olive oil on sore nipples if they become cracked or chapped from nursing too much in the early days after giving birth.
10) Talk with your doctor.